Bodenham Events

Autumn brings with it a riot of leaf colour ranging from deep butter yellow through to orange, reds and crimsons as well as an abundance of berries. It’s a natural fireworks spectacular throughout the autumn months.

Autumn leaf colour develops at the end of the annual growth cycle, prior to leaf fall. The colour is good when plentiful sunshine is followed by an early frost. Hundreds of trees put on an autumn display that is perhaps the most spectacular in the area. The Acers will go from bright yellow to vibrant oranges and reds. Scarlet Oaks will, as their name suggests fill the woods with sweeps of vibrant red, even Magnolia with its bright red seed pods will add to the spectacle.

Mon 5th February, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

 

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboertum.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

To book please call 01562 852444.

 

Fri 16th Feb, Mindfulness Meditation – ‘Silence & Stillness’

Karen Lord will lead this February workshop for those who attended her earlier workshop or anyone who started to learn to meditate at home and would like to learn more whilst part of a group. It is designed to enhance your home practice and will include: –
Checking posture
More breathing techniques
Visualisation Meditations
Silence and Stillness (extended focused meditation)
Home Practice – “What has worked best for you?”
Sample Meditations to try at home

Set within the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum in our ‘Lakeside Room’ with the option of lunch* afterwards. (* Not included in price. Fresh, home prepared hot and cold food served until 2.00pm).

COST £18.00
To book: call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham on 01562 852444.

Sat 17th February, Enchanting Fairy Trail

‘Ruddlelugs’ returns to Bodenham Arboretum following last year’s popularity! Follow the Trail around the lake to discover these beautiful enchanted miniature houses created from Bodenham’s own wood.

Read the story behind who inhabits each dwelling and fill in the clues along the way with the opportunity to win a prize!

Admission to the Fairy Trail is included in Arboretum Entry prices – please note we are closed Mondays and Tuesdays during low season.

The trail runs until Sunday 25th March.

Wed 21st – Fri 23rd Feb – Half Term Wilderness Explorers

Wilderness Explorers with ‘The World Outside’ gives children the opportunity to experience and explore nature in the beautiful woodland setting of Bodenham Arboretum. In a safe and secure environment children can enjoy bushcraft and other forest school type activities, including den building, mud kitchen, campfire cooking and natural arts and crafts.

Please note that unless otherwise stated children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Ages are for guidance only, please enquire if you have siblings outside of the suggested age group.
Places Limited – book early to avoid disappointment!

2 HOUR SESSION – 5 – 12 year olds, cost £5.50
Wednesday 21st Feb 10 -12noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm & Thursday 22nd Feb 10 -12 noon & 1.00pm – 3.00pm

1 HOUR SESSION – UNDER 5s , cost £4.50
Friday 23rd Feb 10 – 11am & 11.30 – 12.30pm

To book – click here.
For further information on times, activities and prices, please email sandra@the-worldoutside.co.uk or take a look at our website www.the-worldoutside.co.uk

Sat 10th March, An Evening of Delectable Terror! Ghost Stories & Supper!

We invite you to take your seat overlooking the misty, shadowy lake at Bodenham Arboretum in our candle-lit Restaurant. Get yourself comfortable and prepare to be terrified by the tales from ‘The Librarian.’

Alan Birch, star of David Tristram’s ‘Inspector Drake’ movies, brings the character of the Librarian to chilling life as he reads two of local author A.G Smith’s bone-rattling ghost stories. Last year saw the show tour the Midlands and London, gaining 5* reviews.

7.30pm: Reading 1 – ‘Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.’ – A young babysitter spends the evening in an old farmhouse that holds a sinister secret.
7.45pm: Supper will be served.
8.45pm: Reading 2 – ‘An Unwise Purchase.’ All antiques come with a history….some more dreadful than others.

Supper: Choose from Lamb Tagine, Beef Hotpot or Pork in Apple and Cider, served with rice and crusty bread. A Vegetarian option will also be available, plus we will gladly cater for anyone with special dietary requirements. A bar will also be open.

Book online* – https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum
Alternatively, you can book at the Visitor Centre, Bodenham Arboretum – 01562 852444.

* A booking fee applies. Online booking – please either print out your tickets or download to your phone so that we may view upon entrance to the event, thank you.

Mon 12th March, Djembe Drumming Workshop – Beginners to Improvers

Experience the energy of traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making with tutor Faith Sax for an energizing day here in the beautiful surroundings of Bodenham Arboertum.

The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums are provided. Other Workshops will be running throughout the year.

£37.00 per person for the day, which also includes morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea!

To book please call 01562 852444.

Sat 31st March – Sun 15th April –  The Bodenham Easter Trail

Easter just would not be complete without Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs! Can you find them here at Bodenham? We have them hidden around the Big Pool – but can you spot them?

We have incorporated a little competition for you too…some of the bunnies and eggs have letters which when put together make up a key word…fill in your competition entry form with the word that you believe is made up from the letters and you can claim a prize from the Visitor Centre.

The Easter Trail is included in normal admission into the Grounds.

Sat 31st March Plant Hunters’ Fair

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from. Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden.

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

PAST EVENTS

Fri 12th Jan, Mindfulness Meditation

Come and discover how to take care of your emotional and mental wellbeing with qualified practitioner Karen Lord, a Member of the Complementary Medical Association. Mindfulness Meditation’s aim is to help us achieve true inner peace and happiness.

Karen will guide you through the basics from breathing, concentration, observation and awareness of the physical self, through to intention and ideas for home practice.

Set within the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum in our ‘Lakeside Room’ with the option of lunch* afterwards. (* Not included in price. Fresh, home prepared hot and cold food served until 2.00pm).

The Workshop runs from 11am – 1pm. COST £15.00
To book: call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham on 01562 852444.

Sun 7th January, Bodenham Bound 10k Charity run in aid of Barnardo’s

What better way  great to start 2018?! A 10km (2 x 5km laps) multi terrain charity run, in aid of Barnardo’s, through the grounds of Bodenham Arboretum.

The Arboretum is situated in the convergence of three valleys, so there will be challenging hills and definitely plenty of mud, in addition to a few hard surfaces, as you run the boundary of the arboretum. You will get muddy! You will get wet! YOU WILL HAVE FUN!

All abilities welcome, over 18s only, spaces limited to 200.

Entry fee: £12 online £15 on the day (before 8.30am/Cash only) – on the day entries are subject to availability.

Further details and sign-up here.

 

Sat 16th December, Carols by Candlelight – SOLD OUT

Ticket ONLY event! Numbers are limited.

Come down to Bodenham this evening and enjoy singing along to traditional Christmas Carols in the farmyard surrounded by the Nativity Scene. Food being served before and after the service in the Visitor Centre.

5pm – 7:30pm

To include a Mince Pie and a glass of Mulled Wine

Tickets available on line here at TicketSource.

Sat 25th November – Mon 1st January Nativity Trail*

(Closed Mon 27th & Tues 28th Nov, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Something for all the family. Follow the stars and answer the Christmas questions as you go before reaching the LIVE Nativity Scene in the barn buildings; you may even be lucky enough to see an new born baby donkey.

Once all the questions are answered bring it back to the Visitor Centre and post it in the letter box so that it can be scored to see if you win the prize. The winners will be announced at the end of the Christmas Season.

Nativity Trail included in normal admission into the grounds.

1st – 26th December (excluding 24th & 25th) Christmas Lunches

From the 1st of December Bodenham will be serving Christmas Lunches until Boxing Day. Begin with a starter and choose from Traditional Prawn Cocktail, Pâté of the Day, Sinful Mushrooms, Waldorf Salad or Homemade Vegetable Soup. For the main event the Bodenham Christmas Carvery with ALL the trimmings. Finish off with a homemade dessert of your choice from the menu and a cup of tea or coffee with chocolate mints.

Click Here for the Christmas Lunch Booking Form

7th, 14th, and 21st December Christmas Evenings

Every Thursday in December, before Christmas Day, we open late for Christmas Evening Meals. On arrival you will be greeted with a glass of complimentary mulled wine. Once seated start your meal with on of the Homemade Bodenham Starters choosing from Traditional Prawn Cocktail, Pâté of the Day, Sinful Mushrooms, Waldorf Salad, Homemade Vegetable Soup or Smoked Salmon. For the main event the Bodenham Christmas Carvery with ALL the trimmings. After your mains choose one of our Homemade desserts. Finish off your meal with a cup of tea or coffee, chocolate mints and petits fours.

Click Here for the Christmas Evening Booking Form

13th November Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

10th November An Introduction to Mindfulness Meditation, 11am – 1pm

Come and discover how to take care of your emotional and mental wellbeing with qualified practitioner Karen Lord, a Member of the Complementary Medical Association. Mindfulness Meditation’s aim is to help us achieve true inner peace and happiness.

Karen will guide you through the basics from breathing, concentration, observation and awareness of the physical self, through to intention and ideas for home practice.

Set within the beautiful grounds of Bodenham Arboretum in our ‘Lakeside Room’ with the option of lunch* afterwards. (*Not included in price. Fresh, home prepared hot and cold food served until 2.00pm).

Friday 10th Nov, 11am – 1pm, Cost £12.00. To book: call the Visitor Centre at Bodenham Arboretum on 01562 852444.

6th and 20th November Pencil and Watercolour Workshop

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and watercolours to create your very own masterpiece. The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, The Bodenham Carvery and a delicious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

10am – 4pm

£29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place. Please note spaces are limited.

27th – 31st October Torch lit Pumpkin Walk, 5.00pm – 7.30pm

PLEASE NOTE – TICKETS SOLD OUT FOR 27TH, 28TH & 29TH. 2 NEW DATES ADDED – 30TH & 31ST OCT

Get dressed up this Halloween weekend and come down to Bodenham Arboretum for the Torch lit Pumpkin Walk. Follow the pumpkins around the Big Pool and look for those with letters carved into them to unscramble to make the Halloween word. Join in the fun and get involved in apple bobbing, spooky story telling, toasting marshmallows, Halloween crafts and bring your very own carved pumpkin so it can be judged for your chance to win a prize.

Homemade pumpkin soup and jacket potatoes with a selection of fillings will be served throughout the evenings for you to purchase along with refreshments.

Tickets only – purchase online at –

www.ticketsource.co.uk/bodenhamarboretum

8th October Droitwich Model Boat Club

Enjoy watching hand crafted model boats sail on the Big Pool. Here from 11am until 5pm you can ask the sailors questions and have a good look at some of their boats. The club regularly sails at Worcester County Hall and Top Barn Farm but they always come down to Bodenham twice a year for you to share the experience.

25th September Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

23rd – 24th September Svartland Viking Weekend

Come down to Bodenham and experience the life of a Viking where you’ll get to see the different crafts, skills, games, pastimes and combat displays. All the Svartland members are very friendly and approachable and love to talk to people and share their knowledge of the Viking Age.

Normal admission charges apply to go into the grounds.

16th September Fun Dog Show & Fete! 11am – 3.00pm

We do hope you can pop down to support the wonderful work that the Hall Green Greyhound Trust carries out!  This promises to be a great family day out!

Bring your four-legged friends of course and enter the competitions – lots of categories, with prizes and trophies galore! All breeds and capabilities welcome! There will hopefully also be some participants looking for their forever homes…can they win you over?? Add to all of this a fun fete and you can expect a great little family day out!

FREE Entrance to the Dog Show, however if you wish to tour the Arboretum then normal admission fees apply.
There is no fee to enter the Visitor Centre / Restaurant.

2nd September Plant Hunters’ Fairs

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from. Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden.

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

12th August – Hall Green Greyhound Trust Summer Eve Walk & Arboretum Tour

Come and join the Trust staff and some of their dogs for a guided summer evening tour around the Arboretum. Bring your own dog too – but please remember they must be kept on a lead at all times!

At 7.00pm we will be entertained with music from ‘Third from the Right’ Musical Productions. The Visitor Centre will be open for refreshments and jacket potatoes! You will also have the opportunity to meet some of the hounds who are up for adoption.

Admission is FREE for this event (normally £6.50) however we please ask that everyone makes a donation to the charity which will go towards helping all the hounds in their care.

7th August and 25th September Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

22nd July – 3rd September BodenGnome Hunt

Fun for ALL the family, come down to Bodenham Arboretum this summer and hunt out the BodenGnomes around the Poplar Dingle. Search high and low in the trees and on the ground for the Gnomes with the letters to make the hidden word. Once completed bring it back to the visitor centre and post in the box and claim your prize. The overall winner will be contacted at the end of the summer and get their hands on the BodenGnome Trophy.

The BodenGnome Hunt is included in normal admission into the Grounds.

3rd and 10th July Pencil and Watercolour Workshop

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and watercolours to create your very own masterpiece. The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

10am – 4pm

£29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place. Please note spaces are limited.

1st July, 15th July, 29th July – Yoga in the Grounds

Enjoy your Yoga practice in the great outdoors. Learn the foundation of the Sun Salutations and Basic Postures. Guided Meditation to focus on calming the body and mind.

Open to all levels and abilities. Age 16+ for classes. Parent and Child classes also available.

Bookings Only – Contact 01562 852444.

 26th June Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

17th – 18th June Fathers Day Pie Weekend

Treat dad this Fathers Day to a pie and a pint. Choose from a selection of different, delicious homemade pies and a FREE pint of their choice from either Bewdley or Enville Brewery.

10th June, 17th June – Yoga in the Gounds

Enjoy your Yoga practice in the great outdoors. Learn the foundation of the Sun Salutations and Basic Postures. Guided Meditation to focus on calming the body and mind.

Open to all levels and abilities.

Age 16+ for classes. Parent and Child classes also available

Bookings Only – Contact 01562 852444

17th June Bodenham Summer Picnic

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum this evening and sit back and enjoy listening to the Kidderminster Male Choir whilst tucking into a summer picnic.

Bring your own picnic or pre-order a picnic hamper from the Visitor Centre at Bodenham Arboretum for £12.50pp with a free drink from the Bar included.

Book your tickets on Ticket Source

Gates open at 6:00pm

Concert Commences at 8:00pm

NO BBQ’S OR GAZEBOS PLEASE

11th June Droitwich Model Boat Club

Enjoy watching hand crafted model boats sail on the Big Pool. Here from 11am until 5pm you can ask the sailors questions and have a good look at some of their boats. The club regularly sails at Worcester County Hall and Top Barn Farm but they always come down to Bodenham twice a year for you to share the experience.

13th May, 27th May, 10th June, 17th June – Yoga in the Grounds

Enjoy your Yoga practice in the great outdoors. Learn the foundation of the Sun Salutations and Basic Postures. Guided Meditation to focus on calming the body and mind.

Open to all levels and abilities.

Age 16+ for classes. Parent and Child classes also available

Bookings Only – Contact 01562 852444

15th May and 26th June Djembe Drums Workshop

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

15th April Plant Hunters’ Fairs

FREE admission into the Plant Fair. Top specialist nurseries with thousands of plants to choose from. Each stall has it’s own unique range of plants including rare, unusual, heritage and brand new varieties. There is something for every garden.

Normal admission applies into the grounds.

3rd April and 10th April Pencil and Watercolour Workshop

Come down to Bodenham Arboretum and unleash your inner artist with the help of local artist Daphne Millington. Learn new skills using pencils and watercolours to create your very own masterpiece. The day also includes morning tea or coffee with cake, homemade meat plaits with a selection of delicious salads and a scrumptious homemade dessert and finish the day off with the Bodenham afternoon cream tea.

10am – 4pm

£29.50 per person with a non refundable £5 deposit to be paid per person to secure your place. Please note spaces are limited.

8th April – 23rd April Easter Trail

Fun for ALL the family, come down to Bodenham Arboretum this Easter and hunt out the Easter Bunnies and Easter Eggs around the Big Pool. Look out for the ones with the letters so you can unscramble them to make the key word to claim your prize back at the Visitor Centre.

The Easter Trail is included in normal admission into the Grounds.

27th March Djembe Drums

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

25th and 26th March Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea

Treat Mom this Mother’s Day weekend to our delicious afternoon tea in the Lakeside Room overlooking the Big Pool.

Includes assorted sandwiches, a selection of homemade sponge cakes and slices, homemade scones with butter, jam and cream served with tea and coffee

Includes a free glass of prosecco for Mom

Spaces Limited. Booking Advised!

12th March Droitwich Model Boat Club

Enjoy watching hand crafted model boats sail on the Big Pool. Here from 11am until 5pm you can ask the sailors questions and have a good look at some of their boats. The club regularly sails at Worcester County Hall and Top Barn Farm but they always come down to Bodenham twice a year for you to share the experience.

15th February – 5th March Bodenham Fairy House Trail

Fun for ALL the family, come down to Bodenham Arboretum this February half term and hunt out the Bodenham Fairy Houses.

Hidden away throughout Bodenham Arboretum, the fairy folk have been very busy. Hand Crafted by local artist Denise Brownridge of “Ruddle Lugs”, these 5 houses, all made from our very own Bodenham trees are simply magical.

These follies are not just fun for little people but a much needed dose of wonder and whimsy for all.

These incredible, one of a kind pieces, from the installation will be available for sale as well as some of Ruddle Lugs” smaller homes if you wanted to take some magic away for your own home or garden.

The Bodenham Fairy House Trail is included in normal admission into the grounds.

13th February and 27th March Djembe Drums

Experience the energy of the traditional West African drumming and the joy of community music making. The day is pitched for beginners and improvers to learn how to play Djembe and Bass Drums. Drums will be Provided.

Booking Advised

10am – 4pm

£30.00 per person including morning tea or coffee, a Ploughman’s Lunch and an afternoon cream tea.

12th and 15th February – Valentines Afternoon Tea

Relax and enjoy our delicious afternoon tea together by candle light in the
Lakeside Room overlooking the Big Pool. Follow with a romantic walk around the Arboretum.

Includes assorted sandwiches, a selection of homemade cakes and slices, homemade scones with butter, jam and cream served with tea, coffee and a glass of prosecco.

Spaces limited! Booking Advised!